Finder Green Fave: Lush Yog Nog Shower Gel
This festive shower gel is vegan, gold and shiny, and comes without any plastic glitter.
Lush is well known for its colourful cosmetics and signature scents as well as its commitments to fighting animal cruelty, reducing packaging and ultimately becoming a zero-waste company.
It also supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives, with ethical buying standards for all parts of the business – including considerations for workers rights, the environment, animal protection and transport.
This year's Christmas collection from Lush adds some seasonal colour and fun to the mix, including the Yog Nog shower gel we recently tried out.
What makes Lush Yog Nog Shower Gel green?
This shower gel is vegan and comes in a bottle made from recycled plastic. Lush also has a closed-loop recycling system, so you can return the bottle to any Australian or New Zealand store and you'll get money towards your next purchase.
Although there is a golden, glittery quality to Yog Nog, it's free from plastic glitter. A look at the ingredients list shows this mostly comes from tin oxide, which Lush says has a "dazzling lustre effect thanks to its glazing qualities".
Lush also has a strong level of transparency for its other ingredients, listing which ones are natural and which are "safe synthetics". If you're on the website, you can click on each one to read about them (including any controversies).
The shower gel is also self-preserving, which means it doesn't have any synthetic preservatives in it. And it comes with the signature Lush sticker that shows who made it, when it was made and a use-by date.
We tried it and liked it
Lush sent me the Yog Nog shower gel as part of its Christmas season launch.
As someone that doesn't do a lot of online shopping (and has an idea of how much carbon dioxide the shipping industry releases), I was curious about the way it was packed: in a box that was packed with eco-flo chips. These look like styrofoam pellets but are actually a biodegradable alternative that's made from potato starch.
The first thing I noticed about the shower gel was the golden, shiny colour. I actually wondered if it would leave a glittery sheen on my skin, which might not always be ideal. Lucky for me, all it left was a scent of sweet caramel with a hint of spice.
But I do find some Lush products to have quite strong scents. So I didn't use this shower gel liberally and found that it still foamed up really well.
My overall take on the Yog Nog shower gel is that I'll keep using it this season and would be happy to get it as a gift, but probably won't go out of my way to get it.
If you're looking for stocking stuffers, it's a good fit for someone who likes sweet smells and a bit of glitter – especially if they are a Lush fan.
Where can I get it?
Finder Green Fave is a regular column that highlights our favourite sustainable, eco-friendly, ethical and cruelty-free products. Looking for more information about eco-friendly choices? Check out Finder Green .
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